Returning from finishing school in France, Louisa Hatton is full of enthusiasm for her life ahead, and is convinced it will be romantic. But her parents have already planned a very suitable marriage for her to Lord Westbridge, their new neighbour. A cold, hard man, he wants Louisa despite her protests. Her father owes Lord Westbridge money, so she seeks help from the mysterious, handsome Roderick Blake. But Roderick was only a groom. How can he protect her?